Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Be Transformed This Shavuot!

bible based christian daily devotional

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Categories

Worthy Devotions - Bible Based Christian Daily Devotional

Be Transformed This Shavuot!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (3:04 am)

Leviticus 23:15-17 'And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord.

The Lord (YHVH) commanded the grain offering on Shavuot, (known as Pentecost among Christians), to be made of the finest flour, baked with yeast, that is, leaven. Leaven, in the Bible, is almost universally, a symbol for "sin", and in the OT is strictly forbidden on the altar of YHVH., yet here, in the Feast of Weeks it is commanded as part of the offering. Just six weeks prior to this festival, Israel had spent a week eating unleavened bread, a clear picture of the connection between the Passover Lamb and the removal of sin from our lives. Now the grain offering for Shavuot contains yeast; two loaves with it. Why? A common interpretation of this for NT believers is that the loaves represent Jews and Gentiles, the two types of redeemed people, who, of course, still contain sin in our lives.

So the sequence of these two spring festivals can be seen to illustrate, on the one hand, our perfect deliverance from sin and death through the Passover Lamb (Yeshua); and subsequently, the reality of our true condition as "leavened loaves" offered to the Lord as "first-fruits". We know that having come to faith in Yeshua (Jesus), cleansed by His shed blood, we stand righteous and perfect in Him; and yet, we constantly struggle with our Adamic nature. In this light, Shavuot begins to emerge as a festival marking and illustrating the opportunity and means for our transformation. The Lord's sending forth of His Holy Spirit at this time awakens and empowers us to change; to be inwardly transformed from the old creation into a new creation.

On the day of Pentecost, 2000 years ago, this transformation process was dynamically accelerated and made accessible to every believer. Baptized with the Holy Spirit of God, and with His fire, our sinful nature with all its impurities and "leaven" takes a back seat to the powerful indwelling of the Spirit of Messiah, so that as we continually pray, walk in obedience, and thus cooperate to be filled with His Spirit, we are sanctified and transformed into His likeness – "from glory to glory", and so become His effective witnesses. Praise God that He works with our issues– and is transforming us into a bride without wrinkle or spot!

Allow the Holy Spirit to burn away the impurity of your sinful nature; to purge out the dross, and deeply penetrate your life. The process can be "firey" and involve some painful sacrifices, but the result is purity and the holiness without which no one will see God. And remember that Yeshua is returning soon, greatly anticipating a bride who is prepared for His arrival!

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions.

Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Devotions. All rights reserved.

Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
* Email address:
* First Name:
* Last Name:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
* Email address:
* First Name:
* Last Name:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 4/18/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/17/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/16/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/15/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/14/2014

Recommended Links

Learn how you can surf the Web Securely & Anonymously!

Read how we surf the web securely!



World News
• Ukraine's 'Jew Register' Either a Hoax or a Crude Extortion Scheme - Time
• Skeptics on all sides take aim of John Kerry's tentative deal on Ukraine - Washington Times
• Senior Iranian official: US has been sabotaging our nuclear program - Ynet News
• Peru's Ubinas volcano spews 4,000-metre high ash cloud - UK Telegraph
• Jews cast doubt on origin of anti-Semitic flyers in Donetsk - Jerusalem Post
• Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights - Washington Free Beacon
• Putin stresses right to use force in Ukraine amid deadly clashes at base - Fox News
Israel News
• The Temple Mount Has Been Occupied By Hamas - Arutz Sheva
• Netanyahu loses majority for deal to extend talks with Palestinians - Jerusalem Post
U.S. News
• Franklin Graham: At Every Turn, the Gay and Lesbian Agenda is Being Pushed by This Administration - CNS News
• Al-Qaeda leader vows to attack America - Ynet News
• Judge: North Dakota 'fetal heartbeat' abortion law unconstitutional - UPI
• Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military - CNS News
• Home price slowdown leaves millions underwater - CNBC
• Is your home's energy meter spying on you? - Fox News
Christian News
• Abedini: God has chosen us for this ordeal
• Malaysia: Christians Want Confiscated Bibles Returned
• Pastors in Bhutan jailed without charges
• Sectarian violence continues in CAR
• Florida AFB Removes Controversial 'Missing Man Table'
• Accord Formally Ends Conflict in Philippines
• Russian Authorities Target Christian-Run Projects
• Egypt: Killed for a Cross
• Chinese Christians Form Human Shield to Protect Church
• Pakistani Christian Couple Sentenced to Death for 'Blasphemy'
Great Reading Material
Add our Daily Christian Devotion
You can add our daily Christian devotional to your sites for FREE!

You can get more information, please go to Worthy Webmaster.
Link to our Daily Christian Devotional
Help others find Worthy Christian Devotions! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian Devotions on your web page:

<a href="http://www.worthydevotions.com" title="Christian Devotions">Daily Christian Devotionals - Worthy Devotions</a>



Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Be Transformed This Shavuot!